Thom Yorke, 2016. Photogrpah © Sarker Protick / VII
It was late 2006, I was desperately looking for new music, new sound. At that point ‘The Doors’ was the most relevant (still is) but I was already through their discography several times, and the world was not the same anymore. The bar was set a lot higher. Nevertheless, the search for new sound continued.
The name ‘Radiohead’ was not unfamiliar. As a matter of fact I did try listening them few times before but couldn’t really like it. Now I understand that my brain simply was not ready to recognize the depth and the complexity of their work. And by brain it’s not just intellect but also heart/mind/guts. As the phrase goes, ‘‘I wasn’t born yet.’’
Anyhow, I decided to give another go and this time I picked the album “Amnesiac”, as I was interested about amnesia so that felt appealing. The track title was ‘The Pyramid Song’. The sound that came through my earphones seemed coming out from a different earth. As if it was written by a different civilization from distant stars. But the emotion it carried was deeply human. I never heard anything quit like this. Although they are a British Band, the sound don’t resemble to Brit Music or any other countries per say. The hunting Piano riffs, the very odd drum patterns, the orchestral arrangement and the ambient textures were blended with a voice that is so unique, it was unlike anything of this earth. I realized it didn’t matter where I/listener come from or where the origin of the artist is. It is when the artist creates such a beautiful universe, which we can inhabit! We are able to experience all the emotions that pulse through our vein, send signals to our brain and the brain gets stimulated by the rush of blood it receives. We can live inside it, spend hours after hours, in our saddest and darkest time and dance through it. It is the purest form of art to me.
That next year they released, In Rainbows. Since then, it’s been almost 10 years I am growing up with their music. Never disappointed but only amazed and surprised and inspired of what they can create. This summer, I went to see them live for the first time. Before my very eyes I saw something extraordinary beautiful and unreal. Words can never achieve the vocabulary to describe it.
Special thanks to:
Giana Choroszewski: For helping me to arrange the press pass.
Francesca Sara Cauli: For your support around the stage.
Bego Anton: For the Camera.
Arnau Bach: For the Lens.
Valerio Berdini: Texting me stage tips from London.
Emily Wabitsch: Partner in crime.